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No Batteries
by William R. Potter

Sunday, September 07, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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He drives for home after another

long day and night at the office.

He needs his wife’s reassuring touch

and his children’s laughter and warm hugs.


“Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!”


His stomach twists and turns

and splashes across his shoes.

His dream house now a steaming, smoking

mountain of memories and debris.

“Step back sir. Step back!”


He searches for a uniform.

“My kids?”

The cop shakes his head and turns away.

He seeks a second uniform.

“My wife?”

The firefighter shakes his head and turns away.


Yesterday he needed pennant race

poker champions, and preseason football.

The Television clicker lit

but the channels would not change.


“We’ll play after the game, son!”


Another uniform steps toward him

radiating experience and authority.

The Chief thrusts a stinking melted disk

into the father’s trembling hands.


“No batteries!”



WRP 2008





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Reviewed by Katie Simpson 12/17/2008
Dang, this is intense! Great imagery. Thank you! -Katie Simpson
Reviewed by Charlie 11/3/2008
Any father's worst nightmare, I'm sure... (or a mother's for that matter). --Charlie
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/11/2008
Raw with meaning and emotion, William. Well done. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Cryssa C 9/11/2008
Oh, Wow! The emotions that this brought on! You are a master of creating visual images. Your lines
"His stomach twists and turns
and splashes across his shoes.
His dream house now a steaming, smoking
mountain of memories and debris."
showed vivid images and made me feel as though I was standing in his shoes.


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